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STEREOTOMY

The Alan Parsons Project

 

Crossover Prog

2.75 | 193 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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2 stars As usual, there are lots of pop sounds featured and little prog ones. Nothing new under the Project's umbrella...

Synthetic and quite disturbing "sounds" have to be experienced during the opener and title track but one of the worse is definitely "Beaujolais". It is so much better to have a drink of that wine than to listen to such a weak number?On par with the poor "In the Real World". Tchak boum, tchak boum. Press next.

Through the years, there has been little to no evolution in their sounds and the song writing has regularly decreased in quality. What's left here is some sort of AOR'ish bundle which can't really capture my attention. The classic instrumental piece featured here ("Urbania") is no other. But on this album, there are several of the kind (I mean instrumental) like the dance " Where's The Walrus". Quite difficult to bear actually.

Even the great Gary Brooker can't prevent "Limelight" to be just average. Not because of his superb vocal part: no, just because the melody is weak and the whole sounds flat (except Gary). Mellowish to death, really.

A nice rock ballad in the form of "Light Of The World" was the best I could find here, although the very short "Chinese Papers" allows some escape from these awful beats and offers some fine acoustic guitar (but it lasts for only 60 seconds).

In all, I am not really charmed with this album (but few of their works could do so). Two stars.

ZowieZiggy | 2/5 |

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